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Christine Lagarde, the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at the IMF headquarters in D.C. on June 23. Lagarde attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.
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Christine Lagarde, the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at the IMF headquarters in D.C. on June 23. Lagarde attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.

Holton-Arms is a private school for girls grades three through 12. Teachers, including Mary de Pinho, say they're not surprised Lagarde is in such an influential position. De Pinho taught at the school for 35 years and remembers Lagarde when she came to the U.S. from France and enrolled as a senior at the school in 1974.

"She was an uncommonly mature teenager. She was sophisticated and cosmopolitan but also unpretentious and unprepossessing," de Pinho says.

She says Lagarde had lots of friends and participated in several extracurricular activities, including swimming and modern dance.

"Her maiden name is Lallouette. And a Lallouette in French is a skylark that's noted for its song and its perpendicular flight. And I think that's apt for where Christine has landed in her career and her life," de Pinho says.

The 55-year-old Lagarde takes over after the former managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested on sexual assault charges in New York.

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